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You Get to Deny Personal Responsibility with GDPR

As of May 25th, 2018, visitors to this website arriving from EU countries began receiving this cookie notice upon entry…

Showing this notice in the United States is not (yet) required by law, so we’re not forcing it upon anyone else*.  It’s only showing when you land on this site from an IP address associated with one of the EU Countries.

The EU countries are:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

What is the GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulations is a regulation in European Union law regarding privacy & data protection for people within the European Union.

The regulation also addresses the exportin of your personal data outside the EU.

Designed to protect users, GDPR is intended to give more control to it’s citizens and residents over their personal data. GDPR is also an attempt to simplify the regulatory environment for international business.

Who Must Comply?

Article 3 of the GDPR says that EVERYONE located in the EU must comply, as well as EVERYONE IN THE WORLD offering either paid or free goods or services to EU residents, OR anyone who monitors the behavior of those residents.

Do you allow EU visitors to your site? Do you offer goods or services to EU visitors? Do you use a Google analytics, or a Facebook pixel, or any other sort of visitor tracking of EU visitors?

If the answer to any of those questions is “yes” then YOU are required to comply.

What Does Compliance Mean?

You can read the actual regulations here, but to sum it up…

It means we have to protect your data; we have to show you a cookie notice upon entry; we have to clearly define how your data might be used in our terms and conditions; we have to spell it out in our privacy policy; we have to provide you with a way to request what data ywe may have about you; we have to provide you wit ha way to remove your data (a.ka the Right to be Forgotten); and we have to notify you if we have any sort of breach of that data.

How is This Site Compliant?

Besides showing the required cookie notice to EU visitors, I have updated or created the following three pages:

Management of the data requests was the trickiest part, and I’m happy to report that we finally got that working.  Although we were fully compliant before the deadline, the request forms were not working correctly until today.

You Are Now In Control

Did you get drunk and leave a stupid comment? Do you need it removed or edited?  Well congratulations. Your government has forced us to protet you from yourself, and you can do what you need to from our GRPR requests page.

*If you are located in the United States, and you received the popup Cookie Notice, will you please leave a quick comment? 

 

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